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July 27th, 2011
04:09 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Poll Numbers Show Public Prefers Revenue Solutions to Cuts, But All of Them Have Been Abandoned

Kucinich Asks Holder Why Justice Department Is Investigating Antiwar Activists

Disaster Legislating; A Dangerous New Process

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– The Wall Street Journal is calling conservatives "hobbits." The Weekly Standard is calling them "pro-Obama conservatives." John Boehner is telling conservatives to get their rears in line to vote. Interestingly, a lot of conservatives say if Boehner took out his super committee he'd get more votes.

– Now the Congressional Budget Office says Harry Reid's plan actually cuts more money in the next two years than John Boehner's plan.

– If that's not bad enough, there is a growing sense on Wall Street that no matter what happens in Washington our credit rating is tanked. It might make you think Washington is broken, but remember that gridlock is a feature not a bug in our constitution. The bug is Washington expanding the commerce clause beyond its original meaning, without amending the constitution, to use it to spend on every program Washington politicians' hearts desire.

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  1. Martin


    I can't understand how this country taxes the hell out of its citizens, while they let these crooked corporations get off tax free and ship jobs overseas. American's are struggling to put food on their tables, why are we not taxing the hell out of these companies that are shipping jobs overseas, and giving big tax breaks to companies who hire American's?

    Also why are continuing to give foreign aid to countries all over the world? WE ARE IN DEBT!!!!!!!! who will bail US OUT!!!!!!! We spend roughly $50 billion a year in foreign aid, wouldn't that be better served paying down the debt?????

    July 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm |

    Mr. KIng

    I hope that you are not insinuating that this is the Presidents fault. The people , the so called independent voters put those people in there so what did everybody think was going to happen. We have legislative bills in the Senate ready to be signed by this President but he cant even get those through. Nobody is talking about jobs and everybody is stuck on this; I'm sure the President is devastated at how all of this has ocurred so dont blame him. Blame the people who put the teaparty group in there. This was suppose to be a simple up or down vote and we could of had the big fight about the deficit and the budget at a later date but because they couldnt find dirt on him they decided to attack him this way. Just by blocking everything.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  3. petejensen

    Asking for a Constitutional Amendment is the ultimate, "kick the can down the road."

    It also portends the spectre of multiple lawsuits.

    Appropriation is the means the Congress has to control what the Executive Spends.

    Responses to situations like 9/11, Katrina and the Cuban Missile Crisis were not dependent upon Appropriations for good reason. The Tea Party Patriots are asking that Patriotism be destroyed.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm |